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The Proles of 1984

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Transcript of The Proles of 1984

No one is safe from the eyes of Big Brother
The Proles play a significant part in George Orwell's 1984, through their representation of the past, present and future and the humanity in which they posses

Ignorant of the society around them

"Proles" is a term derived from the word proletariat, which is commonly used in Marxism

"...proles and animals are free." (Orwell, pg 74)
Introduction
Karl Marx and the Proletariat's
Winston believes in the Proles, just as Karl Marx

The unknown power of the poor

Only a revolution of the poor may be able to bring change to society

"In the old days..." (Orwell, pg 75)
The Prostitute
Proles of the Past
By: Ralf, David, Kristijan and Jonathan
The Proles of 1984
Considered as significantly poor in the capitalistic society

Able to think for themselves; contained a sense of freedom

Were able to move up in class and status; not completely restricted by the binds of society

Held on to their emotions of the past while in the present; remain human
Represents the lust and impurity of the past.

Brings out the emotions of the past; sexual desire

Wears make-up, which symbolizes the individuality of the past
The Old Man at the Pub
Held on to some information about the past and was able to communicate said information

Describes the capitalists; not as ruthless as The Party would make them out to be

Lack of mindfulness and awareness towards The Party

The majority of the past has been removed due to the actions of The Party
The Present Times for the Proles
Indifferent about The Party just as The Party is indifferent about them

Work in labour

Controlled by the lottery

No Telescreens in the homes of the Proles
Humanity in the Proles
"The proles had stayed human..."
(Orwell, pg 127)

Remained the humanistic qualities of their ancestors which have been lost by the Party members

Outcasts of Oceania due to their humanity

"If there is hope, it lies in the proles." (Orwell, pg 72)
The Singing Lady
Represents culture and propaganda

Changing something in a society which does not allow change; commands to melody

"It was only an 'opeless fancy..." (Orwell, pg 227)
O'Brien's View of the Proles
"You are rotting away..." (pg 285)

Winston at this moment is a direct symbol of the proles; O'Brien says he represents humanity

At this present moment this is how O'Brien views the proles.

If the proles could become conscious as Winston is, they could rebel in the future.
The Future As According To Winston
"Until they have become conscious they will never rebel..." (Orwell, pg 74)

Only through open rebellion can there be change and yet due to their current society, the proles will not

If they were to become educated, a shift in society will occur

"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else will follow." (Orwell, pg 84)
The Future As According to The Party
"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." (Orwell, pg 280)

The goal of The Party is not to bring peace, but to oppresses and spread fear; the Proles are no exception

Total control; NewSpeak is the only language, therefore the Proles lose free speech
Conclusion
The Proles play a significant part in George Orwell's 1984, through their representation of the past, present and future and the humanity in which they posses

"Those who control the past control the future, those who control the present control the past" (pg. 260)

The party has little control of the proles seeing as they are free. If a rebellion were to happen. It would have to happen through the proles.

Freedom lies in the proles
Quiz
What is Winston's view of the proles?

What is the parties view of the proles?

What examples of proles did we use in the presentation?

What did Karl Marx say about the proletariat's?

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